St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and I’m not Irish, but I love Irish Soda Bread. I can’t claim to do much pub crawling, but I did just post about potatoes. I never got into Lucky Charms, but through some twisted and fortunate miscalculation of the leprechauns, I got the luck of the Irish. Yup, I’m the luckiest gal around. I’ve got the most supportive husband, the smartest dog (she does at least 30 tricks), the most non-overbearing mom, and another reservation for Brooklyn Fare.

Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Boconcinni, clover basil 6

This St. Patty’s Day, I’m going to spread my luck around with four leaf clovers, a traditional symbol of luck. I picked up a four leaf clover punch at Paper Presentation 23 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011 (I’m pretty sure they’re available at most craft stores.) and punched out basil clovers.

4 leaf clover puncher

I chose basil because it’s relatively flat and has a wide enough leaf to punch shapes out of, but you can try other flat leaf greens. Admittedly, this was a little more time consuming then I thought it would be, mostly because the leaves are not perfectly flat so they need a little coercing to get in and out of the puncher. It’s really easy though and is such a low cost way to holiday-up your dish. It’s also subtle and elegant, not all covered in green-food coloring.

cutting basil into 4 leaf clovers 4

Once you’ve punched out your clovers, they can be tossed onto anything you would put basil on (assuming you are using basil). I used them to garnish a plate of slow roasted tomatoes and bocconcini. Yum!

Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Boconcinni, clover basil

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